ARKANSAS 14-3, NEW ORLEANS 0-0
Colin Poche gave up one hit in five innings, striking out six, to earn the win in Game 1 Tuesday.
GAME 1 IN A NUTSHELL
Several of top-ranked Arkansas’ freshmen played more like seasoned veterans against winless New Orleans in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday.
True freshman Colin Poche pitched five innings of one-hit ball, true freshman Willie Schwanke drove in three runs, including a two-run home run, and redshirt freshman Tyler Spoon drove in three runs, including a two-run shot.
Poche, the highly regarded left-hander who was arrested in January in connection with a shoplifting charge, was very solid in his Razorback debut. He didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth and finished the game with six strikeouts and one walk.
Senior left-hander Cade Lynch took over to start the sixth and struck out three of the seven batters he faced in two hitless innings.
Arkansas (4-1) led 5-0 after the first inning, when Spoon hit his two-run shot over the right-field wall. Schwanke homered to right in the sixth to make it 14-0. The game ended after seventh because of a 10-run mercy rule, which was agreed upon when the teams decided to play a doubleheader to avoid Wednesday’s inclement weather.
Senior Jacob Mahan was also solid, going 3 for 5 with four RBI, and sophomore Bret McAfee went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
GAME 2 IN A NUTSHELL
The Razorbacks' bats cooled off, as did the temperature, but Jake Wise batted in two runs and four Arkansas pitchers held New Orleans to a combined four hits.
Redshirt freshman right-hander Landon Simpson (1-0) earned the win after pitching three innings of relief. He allowed three hits. Sophomore starter Michael Gunn, a left-hander, pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out six of the 13 batters he faced.
Wise had an RBI single in the first and an RBI groundout in the sixth.
6,913 Paid attendance for Tuesday's doubleheader.
1,943 Actual attendance.
33 At-bats for Arkansas in the seven-inning first game.
19 Batters faced by Poche in five innings.
16 Batters faced by New Orleans Game 1 starter Daniel Martinez in 1 2/3 innings.
14 Runners Arkansas left on base in Game 1.
9 Runners Arkansas left on base in Game 2.
12 Season-high hits for the Hogs in Game 1.
8 Hits, runs and earned runs allowed by Martinez on Tuesday.
Mahan, Arkansas’ second baseman. Batting seventh, he had RBIs in each of his first four trips to the plate. He entered Game 1 with one RBI in three games. Mahan didn't play in Tuesday's second game.
Martinez, New Orleans’ Game 1 starter. He entered the game with an ERA of 9.00. No big deal. He’d only pitched one inning. After Tuesday’s effort, his ERA has risen to 36.81. In the first inning alone, he gave up five runs and four hits, walked three and had a wild pitch that allowed a run to score.
** Lynch was making his first appearance since May 18, 2012, when he went 3 1/3 innings against Tennessee before migraine headaches ended his season.
** The temperature when the first game started was 45 degrees. The wind at the stadium – and the shade on the west side – had it feeling much colder for fans. It dipped into the high-30s for Game 2.
Poche on what pitches were working for him: “Pretty much a little of everything. Fastball command was good. Slider was throwing for strikes. And I was throwing my change-up over the plate, too, getting them to swing at it. Got them to chase some sliders out of the zone that started over the plate. So that was good.”
Poche on having his no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fifth: “I didn’t even notice it (the no-hitter) until I gave up the hit, and I noticed everybody started clapping and I didn’t know what they were clapping about. And I looked at the scoreboard and I saw that it was the first hit. I didn’t really think about it until then.”
The Hogs host Evansville (1-3) for a three-game weekend series, starting Friday at 3:05 p.m. Evansville is coming off a series loss at UALR in which each game was decided by a run. The Purple Aces won the first game Friday, 2-1, but then lost 8-7 on Friday and 6-5 on Sunday. Evansville went 32-27 overall and 10-11 in Missouri Valley Conference play in 2012, and returns 12 of its 13 pitchers from that team, including its entire starting rotation.